12 Days Of Hype: Genuine Ferrari F1 Engine Valve Desktop Display Piece

Posted on 12.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Car people love to put cool car stuff on their desks.  Its just a fact of life.  Anyone who loves cars probably has some cool car related thing on their desk at work or maybe hung up on their wall and they are always looking for something even cooler to replace the already cool thing they currently have.  Well this is the cool desk thing to end all cool desk things!  Right now from Ferrari, you can buy an engine valve from a genuine Ferrari F1 engine!  It even comes with a certificate of authenticity and a cool stand to display it with.  The stand will have a plaque that will state the car the valve came from and everything.  This is pretty awesome for just about any car person, specially if they are also an F1 fan!

This desktop piece will set you back $210 plus shipping, which may also be pricy if you want to get this in time for Christmas.  Hit the source link below if you are interested in ordering one.

[Source: store.Ferrari.com]

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Hype Preview: Lexus Teases New “F” Vehicle To Debut At NAIAS 2015

Posted on 12.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Lexus has been doing a lot of F’s lately.  Seriously, its like for the last year or so every time they have come out with a car they have F’d it.  They sure do enjoy F-ing things.  OK, ok I will stop with the double entendres or it will go on all day.  The big take away from all this is that a new F Sport vehicle is making its debut at the Detroit Auto Show AKA North American International Auto Show AKA NAIAS.  Not much is known about the car aside from the teaser image that was released and that Lexus is referring to the new F-sport car as “track ready”.  Although that term is thrown around a lot in this industry so I can’t be entirely sure if they really mean track ready or if that is just marketing speak for high performance.  I guess we will all find out for sure come January 2015.

Judging by the press release below Lexus is pretty excited to give everyone a fast and powerful F… OK, seriously that was the last one!  Check out the incredibly short press release below.

Press Release:

TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2014) – Lexus announced it will be adding a second vehicle to its growing stable of F brand high performance models. Earlier this year, the luxury manufacturer launched the RC F, a V8 powered performance coupe. The newest Lexus F brand vehicle will make its global premiere at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Jan. 13. The vehicle will be revealed at a press conference in the Lexus display space at Cobo Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8:40 a.m. EST.

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12 Days Of Hype: Dsalni Drawn Automotive Print

Posted on 12.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Most automotive enthusiasts consider cars to be art.  So they get really excited when they see an art piece of an art piece.  Lost? Stay with me here… There is a really talented automotive artist who goes by Dsalni.  He has a pretty cool blog in which he shows off all his latest works.  The awesome part is that his renderings can be ordered as prints through his online store!  He also puts some of his designs on shirts and hoodies so there is also that.  Basically anything from Dsalni’s store would make a pretty fresh gift.  If you don’t see anything you like in his store you may be able to contact him to commission a custom, personalized piece.  However, he is a busy man and might not be able to finish it before Christmas but it is worth a shot!  Check out his online store at the source link below!

[Source: Dsalni Drawn Store]

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12 Days Of Hype: Skip Barber Racing School

Posted on 12.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Do you have an aspiring race car driver in your life? Or maybe just someone who really likes a good thrill?  If so we would recommend gifting that person a course at Skip Barber Racing School.  Skip Barber is one of the oldest and most respected racing schools around and they have facilities at most major race tracks in the country.  There is also a wide variety of courses that are available.  Everything from one day “high performance” driving schools in cars like the Porsche 911 to 3 day racing schools in formula cars.  Many of their programs are stepping stones to professional driving careers but Skip Barber is also a good option for those who just want to have some fun behind the wheel.  If you are a parent, they also offer teen safety driving courses which; judging by the way I’ve seen some teens drive should be a serious consideration!

The downside is that Skip Barber Racing School courses can be pretty expensive.  However, there are ways to save money.  They usually have promotions and coupons during the holidays and more money can be saved by using your own car rather than one of theirs (as long as it meets requirements).

If you can afford it a gift like this will definitely earn you MAJOR points! Just click the source link at the bottom of the post for more info.

[Source: SkipBarber.com]

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 “Storm Island” Expansion Coming Tomorrow & Bringing Off Road Crazyness With It (UPDATED)

Posted on 12.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have been playing Forza Horizon 2 for a few months now and I don’t think I am even half way through everything there is to do in the game; yet Playground Games is ready to drop a whole new metric ton of extra stuff on us in the new “Storm Island” expansion pack.  Storm Island is a “mysterious island somewhere off the coast of Italy” where players can participate in 80 new events in new environments including trails where the sky is darkened by volcanic ash in new off road cars like rally cars and super stadium trucks.  Check out the trailer below to see more.  If you want the Storm Island expansion it comes out tomorrow (Dec. 16th 2014) for $19.99.  If you are a Forza VIP member then you can get the expansion for $9.99.

UPDATE: Scroll below the video for the official press release which lists new events, and the new cars that come with the expansion pack.

[Source: IGN]

Press Release:

The epic road trip continues on Xbox One with the expansion for “Forza Horizon 2.”

Storm clouds are gathering; a fierce tropical storm is about to break. Several of the world’s most iconic off-roaders are lined up, poised to spring with a punch of the gas pedal. Thunder crashes in the distance, an omen of the dangerous terrain and extreme elevation changes that await. Drivers grip their steering wheels, ready to tackle the epic challenges ahead. Welcome to a new land of extremes with the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion!

The Storm Island expansion brings fans more of what they love about the year’s best racing game: more beauty, more fun, more challenge, and more ways to compete with and against friends. The “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion is available now exclusively on Xbox One and can be purchased from the Xbox Live Store for $20. “Forza Horizon 2” VIP owners will receive a 50 percent discount on the expansion, making the price just $10 for VIP members.

Here’s a breakdown of the new content coming with the Storm Island expansion.

Dangerous Beauty

This expansion pack for “Forza Horizon 2” features a new location to explore, the mysterious and foreboding Storm Island. This is a land of gorgeous variety and monumental challenge, with sudden and dramatic terrain changes that push players and their cars to the limit. Storm Island also features the most severe weather conditions ever seen in a “Forza” game, including fierce tropical storms and thick fog that will add an entirely new level of challenge. On Storm Island, the weather and the world combine to present players with extreme adventure every time they get behind the wheel.

Storm Island has been built with the “Forza Horizon 2” engine and infused with brand new technology that showcases the beauty of the world. New features like swaying trees in extreme windstorms and the rays of the sun cutting through thick fog bring the adventure and splendor of Storm Island to life in ways players have never experienced before.

Action-Packed Fun

Storm Island brings more intense racing action with an emphasis on all-out, off-road fun. The expansion features 90 new events with five new event types players can test their skills in, and all have been designed to bring the most out of both the driver as well as every vehicle in the game. These new events include:

Rampage

Rampage events are point-to-point off-road sprints, where the driver will contend with obstacles and smashables (including the brand new smashable chicanes) before crossing the finish line.

Brawl

Grab your favorite four-wheeled weapon and strap in for these off-road circuit races featuring extreme terrain, lots of obstacles to take advantage of, and new smashables to wreck.

Extreme Cross Country

Fans have played Cross Country events in “Forza Horizon 2” but have never played them quite like this. With more extreme elevation changes, a variety of different terrain types, and strong storms to contend with, Storm Island’s Extreme Cross Country races are not for the faint of heart.

Cross Country Circuit

One sprint in a Cross Country race will get players’ heart rates up. But how about multiple laps? In Cross Country Circuit events, players will be taking on those same unpredictable challenges in multi-lap races that will test both their stamina and skill.

Gauntlet

Gauntlet events have become the stuff of legend on Storm Island. These point-to-point races are held only at night, and take place during the types of storms that normally have proper names attached to them. These epic races are long and dangerous – with minimal signage to guide players during the race. Just completing a Gauntlet event is challenging enough. Victory will take a special combination of skill, bravery, and luck.

The Adventure Never Stops

Storm Island is a massive expansion of “Forza Horizon 2,” with tons of content and replay value. In addition to new event types listed above, Storm Island will include new items and locations to explore – including new roads and bonus boards, a brand new Car Meet, new Bucket List challenges, new speed trap and speed zone leaderboards, and additional Rivals events.

Players can head online to discover awesome new content as well, including four new multilplayer Playground arenas, 20 unique online race routes, six Gauntlet events, three new Showdown events (accessible from the new Storm Island Car Meet location), and five online championship event types including Brawl, Rampage, Extreme Cross Country, Cross Country Circuit, and Mixed events, each of which contain tons of variety in terms of weather, time of day, etc.

The pack will also include five new iconic cars and trucks (see below for full descriptions of the five cars in the pack), plus a new barn find car (which we’re keeping secret for now). For players who enjoy upgrading their vehicles, we’ve also got new off-road suspension, tire, and transmission upgrades that can be applied to any of “Forza Horizon 2’s” 200+ cars. In addition, we’ve also added new rally-inspired body kit upgrades for a select number of legendary cars in game.

All of this amazing content, plus 23 new Xbox Live achievements (adding up to 500 gamerscore points to your total) makes the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion an amazing value for “Forza” fans.

For more on the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion, check out the livestream on the official “Forza Motorsport” Twitch channel, which will be beginning at 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

 

“Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” Car Descriptions

2013 Robby Gordon #7 Speed Energy Drink Stadium Super Truck

With 600 horsepower and enough suspension travel to absorb monstrous airtime, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck was built to conquer practically any terrain. Gordon started the Stadium Super Truck series in 2012 and won its inaugural championship title in 2013. Modeled after the stadium off-road racing made famous by off-road legend Mickey Thompson, Stadium Super Trucks crash, bash, and jump their way around real-life road courses and unique arena courses. The trucks are tube frame, full-race vehicles, similar to a trophy truck. For those looking for something to slide around, catch huge air, or just simply destroy property with, the #7 is ready and waiting to take all they can dish out.

2013 MINI X-Raid All4 Racing Countryman

Since its introduction to the Dakar Rally – the most grueling off-road race in the world – the MINI X-Raid has been the most dominant vehicle in the field. With veteran driver Stephane Peterhansel – aka “Mr. Dakar” – behind the wheel in 2012, the MINI won its first Dakar. Peterhansel came back in 2013 to win again in the MINI. Both years the other three MINIs of the four-car team all placed in the top ten. Built specifically for competition in the Dakar, the MINI X-Raid is all-wheel-drive and is powered by a BMW twin-turbo diesel engine. These rigs are built to withstand the conditions of racing across a multitude of surfaces at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Players won’t find much of the production Countryman here, these ALL4 racing MINIs are bespoke chassis and drive systems. What they will find is a thrilling driving experience that’s somewhere between a world-class rally car and Baja buggy.

2014 Ford Ranger T6 Rally Raid

Ford continues its endeavors to win in off-road racing with its 2014 Dakar Rally effort in the Ranger T6 Rally Raid. Drawing on the proven expertise of South African Neal Woolridge, who beat out several American constructors for the chance to build this effort, Ford has gone to great lengths to deliver a true contender for the Dakar. Under the hood is a military dust-proofed 32-valve V8 – a la Ford Mustang – connected to a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission. The body shell resembles a Ranger four-door 4X4 but, underneath, the chassis and suspension are completely custom. Suspension travel and durability are paramount since this truck will be travelling at more than 100 mph across surfaces that most trucks would crawl over. This will be Ford’s first factory effort in the Dakar and, by the look of things, they are aiming to finish strong.

1981 Ford Fiesta XR2

The smallest of Fords was a success from the moment it was produced in 1976. While not the first front-wheel drive Ford (give that credit to the Taunus) it was the first widely-selling FWD car for the company. U.S.-bound Fiesta models were built in Germany, offering the appeal of a German-built Ford. With an attractive hot hatch look and plenty of pep, the Fiesta just begged to be tossed around. Other than sporty decals and alloy wheels, the one thing the Fiesta lacked was a performance model. Upon testing the waters with the Fiesta Supersport, Ford built the XR2 which brought a stiffened suspension and a 1.6-liter crossflow Kent engine. Given the already nimble and light base, the nearly 100 horsepower of the XR2 really got the party started. When considering this is where the Fiesta of today got its roots, it’s no wonder the XR2 looks so good against the competition.

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

A turbo-charged, four-cylinder, 4WD, four-wheel steering, four-door sedan, sold in limited numbers makes the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 a treasured piece of JDM history. In fact, without it, the later Lancer Evo might not even exist.  The Galant VR-4 was the platform that Mitsubishi developed its impeccable AWD system and, in the process, won no less than six rally championships. It also makes for a barrel of thrills to drive. The VR-4 ignites off the line, cuts into corners, and brakes with precision. The engine develops potent horsepower put to the wheels via a center differential that detects wheel slippage and re-directs power to the axle with the most traction. Four-wheel steering engages at speeds more than 31 mph and turns the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees to enable optimum turn angle and cornering stability. One look at the VR-4 equipped with the bull bar, the huge halogen fog lamps and roof vents and dressed in its classic Mitsubishi race livery make it obvious this car means business.

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12 Days Of Hype: Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition Simulator Seat

Posted on 12.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Counting today there are only 12 days until Christmas Eve!  So we are going to post at least one awesome thing each of those days that we think would be awesome gifts for the gear head in your life (or for yourself).  We are starting off the first day with the Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition simulator seat.  We previewed this set up at E3 earlier this year and its finally available for sale in the USA.  The Evolution Seat is a great way for gamers to play their favorite racing games like Forza, Gran Turismo, F1 2014 and PC games like iRacing.  As a bonus this seat is decked out in a Top Gear theme featuring their “test dummy” checkered design, the Top Gear logo, and The Stig him-her-eh-itself!

Its built to handle many types of wheel/pedal set ups like Logitec, Fanatec, Thrustmaster, and Mad Catz.  Its adjustable for people of different heights, and can fold to save space when not in use.  We have the Forza edition rig and we love it!  Its a bit on the pricy side at $499 but its totally worth it!

You can order it by clicking here and you can check out our preview of it from E3 as well as some more pictures (just click the thumbnails) below.

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Gaming Hype: Mazda Teams Up With Forza Horizon 2 and Xbox To Launch 2016 MX-5

Posted on 12.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Looking forward to getting your hands on the new MX-5? Me too.  I got up close to it at the LA Auto Show but the majority of the country hasn’t had a chance to get up close and personal with the new roadster yet.  However! They can now do that virtually on Xbox One and Xbox 360.  Today Mazda announced that they are teaming up with Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games, and Xbox to promote their new roadster.

Things will kick off with a branded interactive hub that will show up on Xbox consoles in which users can virtually take a closer look at the 2016 MX-5.  From there players can enter a livery design contest via Forza Horizon 2.  Using the game’s editor players can create their own design on an older MX-5 (the ’94 model to be exact) and then submit it for the contest.  Two finalists will be chosen and sent to the South By Southwest festival next march in a “design faceoff”, the winner of which will get nearly $4k worth of prizes, including an Xbox One console, a 55 inch curved tv, audio system, and the MadCatz steering wheel for Xbox One.  The winning design will also be made available to everyone to download for free.  Also, keep in mind that this contest is open to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 users.  Scroll down for the press release which includes all the steps to entering the contest in addition to the official rules.  Good luck!

Press Release:

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is teaming up with Xbox, this time to promote the launch of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and give Forza Horizon 2 players the chance to enter the Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest. An interactive experience with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and information on the design contest will be available through the Mazda branded hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest, which is now live through January 4, 2015, will give Forza Horizon 2 players the opportunity to design the livery for the 1994 Mazda MX-5 currently available in-game. Two finalists will be awarded a trip in March to South by Southwest 2015 for the final design showdown. The winner will walk away with a new 55-inch curved TV, audio music system, Xbox One Kinect console and one MadCatz Racing Wheel estimated at $3,499.95. Additionally, the winning design will be made available in Forza Horizon 2 for all Xbox One and Xbox 360 users as a free gift.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 through the partnership, we also wanted to give Forza fans a way to engage and pick up some cool prizes and see their work featured in the game,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, MNAO. “Fans of the Mazda MX-5 are some of the most passionate enthusiasts out there and we look forward to seeing the creativity that comes from this contest.”

To enter the Mazda MX-5 Miata Livery Design Contest users must:

  • Sign into the Xbox Live service via an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console
  • Enter Forza Horizon 2, select the available 1994 Mazda MX-5 car and follow the instructions within the game to design a livery using the tools available within the game
  • Once finished, participants will be required to save their design with the name “MX5contest” and upload it to the Forza Horizon 2 storefront during the contest period
  • Entries will be accepted now through January 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

A semi-finalist judging panel, consisting of representatives from Microsoft, Mazda and Turn 10 Studios will determine up to five potential semi-finalists. All submissions will be evaluated on a 100-point scale; with an emphasis on originality (33 points max), aesthetic design (33 points max) and technical proficiency (34 points max). The semi-finalists will be posted on the Mazda hub on Xbox Live from 12:01 a.m. EST on January 26, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 12, 2015 for the online public voting phase of the contest. The two semi-finalists with the most votes will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas where a winner will be determined by three special judges; Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s director of design, Major Nelson from Xbox Live and Forest Byrd with TC9700Gaming.

The official rules can be found on the Mazda hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A second contest with Microsoft will be announced at South by Southwest 2015.

This is the second time Mazda has teamed up with Microsoft. In 2013, Mazda made history by being the first automotive manufacturer to globally reveal a vehicle, the 2014 Mazda3, in conjunction with a live concert through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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Gaming Hype: NAPA Chassis Forza Horizon 2 DLC Drops Today. Is An Eclectic Mix Of Classic Muscle And Modern Performance (Video)

Posted on 12.02.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The latest DLC car pack for Forza Horizon 2 is now available and it has a pretty interesting mix of cars.  The NAPA Chassis pack features classic muscle cars like the Buick GSX but also has pretty crazy modern super cars like the McLaren 650S.  Oh, they also threw in a Range Rover for good measure.  Basically, its going to be really easy to hoon around in the cars provided and it will only set you back 5 bucks!  As a bonus the Lotus Esprit V8 is available to everyone for free this month.  Check out the official NAPA Chassis DLC trailer below to see all the cars you’ll get for dropping a Lincoln.

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Hype Video: Ubisoft’s “The Crew” Launches Tomorrow But Celebrates With Crazy New Trailer Today

Posted on 12.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite some delays and other hurdles, Ubisoft’s new racer “The Crew” is almost here!  One of the few “current gen” (AKA Xbox One & PlayStation 4) driving games available The Crew is pretty much as its title suggests: its all about joining and/or forming a crew and going on crazy missions with sports cars, supercars, and hyper cars alike.  Think of it as if someone took all the heist missions in the Fast & Furious film franchise and made them into a video game sans Vin Diesel.  If that sounds like a good time then you can pick up “The Crew” tomorrow (Dec. 2nd 2014) for Xbox One, PlaysStation 4 and PC.  If you need more convincing check out the new launch trailer below.  Also, below that you can watch a quick video of my impressions of “The Crew” after I played an early demo at E3 this year.

Launch Trailer:

E3 2014 Gameplay Impressions:

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LA Auto Show: Jaguar Exhibit Was Nothing But F-TYPE Goodness

Posted on 11.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Anyone close to me knows that I pretty much think the Jaguar F-TYPE is one of the best cars ever made in the last 10 years.  My only complaint about it was that it was first released as a convertible rather than a coupe like the C-X16 concept it was based on was.  Though, it was just a matter of time before the beautiful coupe was released.  In my mind that was it.  It was all said and done and nothing needed to be done to make the F-TYPE better.  However, quite a few people were not happy that the F-TYPE wasn’t offered with a true manual transmission.  Personally, I didn’t see this as a problem but I understand how many would want to row the gears on a car that is so clearly meant for people who love driving.

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Jaguar apparently agreed on the issue of the manual transmission and then went one further by also including an all-wheel-drive option from now on for the F-TYPE S.  The R model F-TYPE will come with AWD standard.  The manual transmissions will be options for rear wheel drive V6 models.  So, if you were hoping for an AWD V8 with a manual transmission then first of all you’re greedy, and second you are out of luck.  Me? I just have two more reasons to really, really want an F-TYPE.

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Oh, and one more thing.  As if announcing a manual transmission and AWD for the F-TYPE wasn’t enough; Jaguar also decided to bring their F-TYPE-based “Project 7″ to the LA Auto Show as well so yes lets all drool over that for a second. A modern take on the D-Type racing designed married with the beautiful F-TYPE lines? Please and thank you.  The 575HP supercharged V8 doesn’t hurt its chances to get on my dream car list either.

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